Reversed Osmosis consists of turning seawater into drinking water… who thought it would be possible one day?
While the idea of it seems like an actual miracle, the process is quite simple (but super smart!).
So if you are wondering how your watermaker works, stay tuned!
We are going to explain everything to you, in the most simple way possible.
First of all, let’s do a little travel in time, shall we?
Reverse Osmosis, or commonly called RO, was first invented in California in the 1950s.
But in actuality, Australia was one of the first countries to use this technology to supply freshwater.
Nonetheless, Perth welcomed the very first Australian seawater desalination plant in 2006. (Proud to be from WA much?)
Anyway. How does reverse osmosis work, exactly?
To start you will need two essential components:
A semipermeable membrane
A high-pressure pump
To make it short: pressure is applied to the water through the semipermeable membrane, separating salt and any other unwanted particles and molecules.
This process has been used in a lot of countries with limited access to freshwater, also because it is low in terms of energy consumption.
The high-pressure pump is crucial when it comes to desalination.
The pressure varies depending on the type of water: seawater requires more pressure than brackish water for example.
It then also consumes more energy, but systems are now recovering the energy used to use it again. The amount of energy used is drastically reduced.
If you want to know more or talk with one our of technicians to know what’s best for your boat, get in touch with the Gage Roads Marine team.